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This Christmas Informational Text lesson for high school students includes an engaging 3 page text passage: "Anti-Claus? Confessions of a Santa Dissenter"
A one page handout that can be printed or projected includes:
--discussion starters/free write prompts about students' background and opinions on the cultural impact of Santa or "The Santa Myth."
--reading and vocabulary questions that lead students to identify the author's claim and reasoning for his stance on Christmas.
A fully printable writing prompt page for students to consider their own position and address their stance on the argument made by the author can be printed for students or projected for students to respond on their own paper.
There is a bonus printable page of the famous Christmas letter "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus".
This lesson is engaging and thought provoking for students and provides a variety of opportunities for discussion, analysis, reflection, and writing!